Bash The Entertainer To Fight Racism I Used Comedy


Bash The Entertainer To Fight Racism I Used Comedy

Bash the Entertainer’s infectious laugh and crazy videos have made him hugely popular but he says he decided to become the “funny guy” after getting racist abuse in school.

Now 27, Bash has millions of followers across social media platforms, especially TikTok, but still remembers his first day at school in Glasgow.

Seven-year-old Bachala Mbunzama had arrived in the UK as an asylum seeker from the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We lived in a hotel in London for about a year,” he says. “Until one day our names were on a list telling us we would be sent to Glasgow.”

“I would not say we picked Glasgow. We just got given it.”

Bash tells the BBC Scotland documentary Behind the Smile that he wanted to make friends and went over to a group to say hello.

A girl stepped out of the crowd and spat in his face, he says.

“All I did was wipe it off. I thought ‘is this how you get treated in Scotland?’,” Bash says.

“In London I never experienced that. My first racist encounter was that day.”

It wasn’t the last, he says.

Every time he was racially insulted it brought his confidence “from 100 to zero”, Bash says, but he could not work out how to fight back.

He says he would often try to keep away from people by pretending he did not speak English.

Later at high school, he noticed that if he joked it made him popular.

“When I started hearing people say ‘he’s funny’ I started feeling more comfortable,” he says.

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“People like funny people. That’s my armour. If someone was about to fight me or swear at me they would say ‘I can’t fight this guy, he’s funny’. To fight racism I used comedy.”

And the racist stereotypes and abuse he suffered was used in his comedy.

Bash has posted videos about how he was asked if, when he lived in Africa, he had to chase his dinner with a spear or how all people in Glasgow wanted to feel his hair.

“I would take that race thing that hurt me the most and I would turn it into a wee sketch,” he says. “That’s how I dealt with it.”

Bash The Entertainer To Fight Racism I Used Comedy


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